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Do You Follow The Golden Rule?

Posted in A Class Act by Linden Barrick on October 24, 2012
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Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Wouldn’t the world be a wonderful place if we all did this? Isn’t this what we were taught as kids? But as I look around the world, it doesn’t seem to be in practice very much.

The world has changed this rule, as it does so many things. An important part has been eliminated. Instead of treating others as we would like them to treat us, we treat others as they do treat us. Instead of choosing actions of kindness, so many people simply react to anger or cruelty.

As children, we often objected to reprimands by saying, “He did it first!” The retaliation of youth, a habit that frequently extends into adulthood.

My teen students become outraged if their peers act badly toward them, but they can rationalize their own actions so very easily if they themselves show cruel or disrespectful behavior. Many treat others just as they’ve been treated, either by peers, parents, siblings, and/or other family members. It’s a chain of malice that must be broken.

Adults are as guilty of this as children. Myself included. When I allow my words or actions to explode from my anger, I always feel sick inside when I calm down and realize how horribly I’ve reacted to a situation. If I was treated the way I sometimes treat others, I would be sad, frustrated, or angry in return.

Gold is precious. And precious things are hard to acquire, and sometimes when we possess them, we don’t appreciate their value. The Golden Rule is so very simple, and yet it is hard to follow. And often when people do treat us as we would like to be treated, we take it for granted and fail to value their kindness. We react to the ugliness with our own ugliness, but we don’t always react to the kindness, almost like we are deserving of it.

Have you been treated nicely lately? Have you been treated poorly? Which did you react to the most? I need to make a conscious effort to focus on the positive aspects of life and quit reacting to the negative. Wouldn’t life be so much sweeter? Just the way God wants it to be…

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